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IMPROVING CHILDREN’s DIETS IN ESA REGION
The quality of children’s diets remains a major concern globally and in ESAR. The State of the World’s Children report of 2019 shows that only 13% of children 6-23 months in ESAR receive a minimum acceptable diet and 24% receive a diet that meets the minimum standards of diversity. UNICEF ESAR entered in a partnership with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Global Alliance for Nutrition (GAIN) to generate a range of evidence that can provide insights to Member States in the region on trends and risk factors related to the quality of child diets across multiple countries in East and Southern Africa. The findings were disseminated in 2019 at the regional workshop on the child diets framework which 7 countries attended, and the nutrition network meeting. Country teams had planned to use the findings, recommendations and the regional framework for improving child diets to develop national frameworks and strategies; but then COVID happened. Most countries have focused on the COVID response through much of 2020.

We believe it’s important to pick up this important area of work again in 2021. UNICEF ESARO and New York Head Quarters are conducting a series of webinars covering relevant topics in relation to improving children’s diets. The primary target audience for the webinar series are UNICEF country offices and their Government counterparts, UN and NGO partners supporting efforts to improve nutrition of children. The webinar series which runs in English aims to share recent guidance on complementary feeding programming, exchange experiences from other countries in the region on implementation of the guidelines and discuss plans for national adaptation of the regional framework and rolling out multi-sectoral actions for improving children’s diets.

Feb 11, 2021 03:00 PM in Nairobi

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